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What are the tests for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?
17 doctors weighed in

Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
6 doctors agree
In brief: Neuropsychology
The best of the tests available include neuropsychological testing.
It includes tests of attention, vigilance, flexibility of thinking, and executive function

In brief: Neuropsychology
The best of the tests available include neuropsychological testing.
It includes tests of attention, vigilance, flexibility of thinking, and executive function
Dr. William Singer
Dr. William Singer
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Dr. R Sangal
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
6 doctors agree
In brief: No test
The diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is by history.
There is no test that shows whether or not you have it. If there are a sufficient number of symptoms of attention deficit or of hyperactivity-impulsivity which cause problems, have been present since early childhood (before age 7), and there is no other clear cause, then you have attention deficit.

In brief: No test
The diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is by history.
There is no test that shows whether or not you have it. If there are a sufficient number of symptoms of attention deficit or of hyperactivity-impulsivity which cause problems, have been present since early childhood (before age 7), and there is no other clear cause, then you have attention deficit.
Dr. R Sangal
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
See my answer below for a more updated approach to ADHD
Dr. Jeff Seaman
There are most certainly tests for ADD that have been validated over the past few decades. Would any psychometrists like to pipe in? CPT / CPT 3 / CPT 4 / SAT / Stroop / Brown / Vanderbilt / etc, etc.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Neurodevelopmental
Adhd is a neurobiological disorder, as such it has neurological signs.
No x-ray or MRI test can show physiologic differences, but examination can. This includes synkinesiae, eye muscle dysmetria, mixed dominance, & findings of poor cortical executive function. These findings are used for therapeutic targets in medication prescription, much like blood pressure is used to assess medication in htn.

In brief: Neurodevelopmental
Adhd is a neurobiological disorder, as such it has neurological signs.
No x-ray or MRI test can show physiologic differences, but examination can. This includes synkinesiae, eye muscle dysmetria, mixed dominance, & findings of poor cortical executive function. These findings are used for therapeutic targets in medication prescription, much like blood pressure is used to assess medication in htn.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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